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Mick Dalrymple

Mick Dalrymple

Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Southern California



  • Affiliate Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Chief Sustainability Officer, University of Southern California


Michael “Mick” Dalrymple is the Chief Sustainability Officer at USC, where he brings over 30 years of multi-disciplinary experience in sustainability leadership, higher education, information technology, and media. He previously served as the director of university sustainability practices at Arizona State University, developing the internal consulting service to empower the university in attaining ambitious sustainability goals, including achieving carbon neutrality in 2019 – six years ahead of schedule.

Dalrymple connects stakeholders and experts in developing integrated solutions to complex environmental, social and economic challenges and opportunities. His previous work includes formulating and executing projects that joined expert faculty researchers and students with stakeholders from various sectors (government, industry, and/or non-governmental organizations) to create domestic and international solutions related to algal biofuels, green schools, energy benchmarking, municipal tree and shade master plans, aquifer sustainability, and circular economy. Dalrymple also managed a federally-funded project for ASU with partners in the City of Phoenix and Arizona Public Service to retrofit as much of downtown Phoenix as possible for energy efficiency.

As an entrepreneur, Dalrymple co-founded an environmental building supply company and a green building architecture and consulting services firm. He is a produced feature film screenwriter with an extensive film and advertising production background. Aim high and implement.


  • MBA, Business Administration, Arizona State University, 1998
  • MIM, International Management, Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, 1998
  • BA, Electrical Engineering/Math/International Relations, University of Arizona, 1987


Journal Articles


Liang, J., Y. Qiu, B. L. Ruddell, M. Dalrymple, S. R. Earl, A. Castelazo and T. James. 2018. Do energy retrofits work? Evidence from commercial and residential buildings in Phoenix. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 92(Nov):726-743. DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2017.09.001. (link )



Middel, A., M. Dalrymple and M. DeFilippis. 2014. Assessment of Tempe Canopy Coverage. Walton Global Sustainability Solutions Services.